The Golden Sans Project explores the Gold Coast’s iconic, hotels, motels and residential type based signage. Type which has stood the test of time; type which has forged the identity of the Gold Coast, and type which is eternally etched into the memories of anyone who has called the Gold Coast home.
You can follow the project at the social links from the website, with the full site set to launch August 2013.
A very cool installation here by Hyundai as part of the 2012 Yeosu Expo You may have sene some great projection mapping installations recently but this one is primarily mechanical, making it even more impressive
Filmed in the French Alps in the dead of night, at -25 degrees celcius by filmmaker Jacob Sutton, snowboarder William Hughes cuts a ghostly figure through the darkness with the only source of light coming from the custom built LED suit he is wearing.
“I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness. I’ve always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source,” said Sutton.
Shot on a RED Epic camera ($58k) the footage is amazing, stunning, mesmerising….
Last night saw the long awaited launch of Claudio Kirac's first ever solo show 'Dreamland - Memory of a Journey' as part of Bleach*. Setup at Comb, the space was transformed into a dreamland of CK's work from recent years - photography, paintings and products all framed by a giant balloon rainbow. Most of the works were snapped up quick with all proceeds going to Philtron.
The Dollar Shop is a unique retail experience selling great design at affordable prices. Currently looking for artists, designers and creative types to submit work to be sold in-store, the only conditions are that no item can sell for more than $20. Sound good? Get involved!
Gold Coast - Captured, documented and visually displayed via a new project 'Weather Chat'. Over the course of an entire year, the weather of the Gold Coast will be documented and displayed online. The project is noted as an environmental experiment which seeks to visually represent the changing skyscape of the Gold Coast. The outcome of the project is at this stage unknown; whereby the destiny of these 365 days will be revealed at an exhibition event, marking the project's completion.
Smith Journal is a quarterly publication for discerning gents (and ladies who like reading about discerning gents). It’s heads-up and hands-on. A friendly guide to all things creative, intriguing, genuine and funny – full of stories, people, adventures, interesting conversations and gentlemanly style. The people behind Smith wanted to create something they’d be happy to read themselves. That smart, creative guys could peruse without shame, slap down on the coffee table, whack in their favourite old satchel or display proudly on the toilet reading rack. Something that looked good, but had substance, wit and inspiration. At a time when everything seems like it’s speeding up, Smith is a call to slow down. It’s about remembering, reviving and revamping forgotten traditions, skills and technologies. And backpedalling just enough to appreciate the good stuff in life. Like our readers, we’re not particularly obsessed with being the coolest, the biggest or the first in line. But we are interested in making things that last.
It's been a few weeks since I watched last episode of Breaking Bad - Season 4.... wow, what a season, what a finale! But now I'm really missing it - Monday nights just aren't the same. If you've been a little late to catch on, just make sure do. Tense, dark and complex it's unquestionably one of the best TV dramas you'll ever likely see. There is a few of us here hooked on this show, so now the long wait until the 5th and final season is released next year and we can see how the final chapter of this story plays out.
The sweetest dreams are had sleeping inside a giant Sleepyhead Chocolate Bar....or Sardine Can.
Designer and business owner Sophie Farquhar always dreamt of sleeping on a piece of toast with a buttered sheet and tin spaghetti doona. This idea has been brought to life in 2011 with the launch of Bed Toppings – Fun for Sleepyheads.
All designs are crafted in Australia and feature Sophie’s hand drawn illustrations.
Bed Toppings turn kids beds into giant objects. Other bedding labels sell sheets and doona covers separately. But with Bed Toppings, the whole bed can play dress ups. Each set includes a doona cover, flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcase, all made with beautifully soft 100% cotton with 200 thread count.
16.7 million - that's the amount of colours your average computer, smartphone and tablet can display. Yes, quite a lot.
Own a Colour is a great new incentive looking to raise funds for children's charity UNICEF with the aim of naming each and every one of these 16.7million colours for at least $1. All the money raised will go directly to transform children's lives.
A really good idea with great execution - fantastic website! It was tough pick but we've bought our colour, inspired by the beautiful day outside today - checkout the colour 'TUSK' - here
Set to open soon, The Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe, will be a space for busybodies to meet, to work, to share and to create.
Providing public desks, a private board room, an in-house specialty coffee shop, outdoor sunshine and heaps of other goodies like internets, books, computers, writable walls, and smiles, we hope to provide an accessible yet professional space that encourages collaborative work and shared resources.
Traveling can inspire all sorts of creative outputs. One man called Kevin Cyr from Brooklyn did not stop at journal entries and taking photos – he took what he loved about camping and put it together into one cool art project. Kevin built the Camper Bike as part of an exhibition called Home in the Weeds. The idea behind the series was a hard look at self-preservation and human persistance in a world in which the housing market is becoming crazier by the minute. The Camper Bike is an attempt to show that you can go back to the roots, make do with very little and still have a roof over your head and wheels under your feet.
The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process. Later, refine your work on your computer using an Intuos4 tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display.
NoLayout.com - It's where all the cool flipbooks hang out! The ideal tool for independate publishers and a neat-o archive system for culture enthusiasts. NoLayout.com provides a platform for independant publishers to showcase their work, whilst allowing users to freely browse up-to-date art books and fashion magazines. Browse, flip, share and support. Simple.
What's hipper than hanging your favourite sneakers from gang-land power lines?
The secret gang language of sneakers has been surpassed by Footlockers new marketing endeavour, Sneakerpedia.com
No need to toss your bound sneakers high in the air, over and over until they land securely on the power lines above; enthusiasts can now upload, collate, track, research and filter their favourite sneakers online. Sneakerpedia.com boasts a resource of brands, types, materials and colours for you to browse, all in one super sleek, sneaker-centric location. Leather, suede, mesh, nubuck, nylon, rubber, canvas or synthetic... This site is a little tongue in cheek and is sure to speak to the inner sneaker sole in us all.
Last weekend at the Gold Coast Nitro Live Show, Storm Gale became the youngest person at age 11 to ever successfully ride the Nitro Gigant-a-Ramp on a BMX. Storm went on to win the MVC award for the most valuable rider during the show voted by all the riders, including Travis Pastrana. I have known Storm's parents for many years now and have watched this fearless boy grow up...well done Storm and watch this space, you could be looking at the next Australian superstar!
I stole this nice little blog post off Andrew! On a pleasant Thursday morning he came across this danty little cycle store and the macho man inside of him didn't quite have the heart to blog it himself.
Beg Bicycles presents a whimiscal, daisy scented store, dedicated to 'clasically styled sit up and beg cycling.' Flowers, pastels, cardigans and whicker baskets decorate this oh so dainty destination. Whilst browsing the ladies section I fell head over heels for the Flirty 30's Betty bike, it's practical, retro and features a tan leather saddle... What more could a gal ask for?
Treat yourself to a lovely ride through the Beg Bicles store, enjoy the ride!
You may have seen the 'We all want to be Young' video we posted here a couple of months back. "We all want to be young in China" was created in response to the popular youth culture video. A huge population, evolving at a rapid rate - opening up to the western world but still deeply rooted in history and culture, this 3 minute piece focusses on possibly the most important consumers in the world today: the Chinese youth.
I've never been a watch fan being that I have never been far enough from the time to need to know what the time is. So besides confusing myself with that statement, nothing says 'must have fashion accessory' like a border line illegible watch.
The new Radiohead album, 'The King of Limbs' is out - get it here. Apart from the album packaging providing the world's first 'newspaper' album and the subsequent suprise release a day earlier than announced, what's surpised me is the clip for track 'Lotus Flower'. I never thought I'd see Thom Yorke this way in a video - past dance / part crazy guy having a fit - Love It! Let's hope the Splendour rumours turn true
So this has been talked about for some time, rumblings and rumours from within the surfing community, but now with the website release providing more info and footage than the teaser clips posted over the last few months, Wave Garden has been revealed and it looks awesome! You've probably seen the Flowrider in action and maybe the Malaysian Wave Pool - claimed to be the world's best - but the technology surrounding the Wave Garden promising to provide surfers with the most realistic 'ocean wave' experience yet. Sure they waves in the footage are small, but the shape is great and the ride is realistic. They've promised to show us footage of chest high waves in action in few months which I can't wait to see. I'm not saying this will ever replace surfing as we know it today on a broad scale but the possibilities that Wave Garden are opening up are definately exciting.
From a logo / brand point of view, such an innovative concept could have benefited from a bit more attention here.... maybe the guys had trouble keeping out of the water though to direct too much energy towards this. Anyway, when I hit that Lotto jackpot I know what I'm putting in the backyard.
"We all want to be Young" is an interesting 10 minute video created by Brazillian research company, Box1824.
Resulting from 5 years of research, "We all want to be Young"is a short film addressing youth culture, its origin, evolution, where it is today and where it’s headed in the future.
An interesting study into the minimilisation of some well known brands by Antrepo . An interesting study into the minimilisation of some well known brands by Antrepo . They have provided the original variation, a simple variation and a more simple variation for each. What do you think - less is more?
"National Geographic Magazine aims to educate their readers in order to inspire them to protect the planet. We chose to focus on the threat to Africa’s endangered species in our calendar. The calendar is designed in such a way that, as the weeks pass, you can see Africa’s most endangered animals literally disappear. We hope that this will create awareness and inspire people to take action to protect our endangered species.
The look and feel reflects National Geographic’s objective tone through the straightforward handling of type and very structured, simplified layout and imagery."
On their road back to business glory, Levi have been largely focusing their resources on building a strong brand following once again, with edgy design collaborations, diverse ad campaigns and now Levi Photo Workshops for the all the photographers of New York City. These branded personal touch point’s are successfully converging customers with the brand for ongoing time periods instead of the usual print ad medium for example.
Tiger beer have recently launched a campaign in the UK, aptly named “Know the Not Known” which aims at rewarding curious consumers. The beer brand have partnered with Vice to put on a number of secret events which showcase a selection of not yet known artists, designers, musicians, and cinematographers in cool locations. If you are lucky enough to get a spot for these limited space events, all the food, beer and entertainment is on Tiger.
To coincide with the launch of the new Range Rover Evoque, Sculptor Benedict Radcliffe was commissioned to design a three dimensional wire frame of the new vehicle, which was then interpreted by four different artists who created installations which were displayed around Paris. The 'Surface to Air' project has succeeded in creating word of mouth for the new vehicle in a very distinctive way, which compliments the vehicles contemporary brand image.
So Kelly took out Hurley Pro at Trestles over the weekend and is back in the ratings lead and on his way to 10th World Title. Watching the Live stream of the event, again it was Dane Reynolds who stole the show for me though. If only I could surf like this guy...... he also runs a pretty cool little blog
As a follow up to a previous blog I wrote about the Kustom Airstrike Competition, Kustom last week awarded the $50,000 prize to Flynn Novak with his innovative "Flynnstone Flip". The competition was well executed with good overall coverage and skilled surfer entries, the team over at Kustom are really pulling off the re-positioning strategy of the brand, which is appealing to a larger more diverse target audience. to view the final winning clip visit www.kustomairstrike.com.
This years London Design Festival will be something very special, the festivals blog alone showcases some very innovative design ideas. Yet the Trafalgar Square installation aptly named OUTRACE will undoubtably steal the show. The festival organizers have commissioned design firm Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, with the help of some Audi industrial robots to create a continuous 3D laser show which displays user generated messages. By logging into the OUTRAGE interactive website, users can post a message which will then be transferred to the installation in London for the whole city to see.
Yes Spring has sprung but on the Gold Coast there are only small patches of colour scattered along our coastline. However, on the other end of the scale, Colombia is currently thanking flowers for being one of their biggest exporting commodities, accounting for 70% of all cut flowers sold in the USA. Every year the community praises the weather and environment that allows them to grow so many flowers by holding a flower parade in Medillin (second biggest city in Colombia). The parade which was established in 1957 was also designed to attract tourism back to the city after a number of years of drug cartel violence and domination, which scared off punters. The annual festivities consist of flower sellers showing off elaborate designs, traditional dressed festival contributors, farm visits, vintage car shows, food, dancing, month long activities and most of all tradition at it’s finest.
We met Nick while working with Brothers Neilsen a few years ago. He is about to embark on an East Coast road trip exhibiting his arts and surfing along the way... Dont we all wish we were him right now...have fun Nick!
Most vodka brands are usually positioned in a similar fashion and its hard to distinguish a true innovator in the segment besides maybe Absolut, who have gained strong market share on the back of frequent and clever marketing & advertising strategies. Yet now a brand has come along which has one strong value proposition for its target market, drinking our vodka is cooler then yours, and the people behind the brand have ensured this is ideal is reinforced when they recently launched the Kanon brand of vodka in the US and in Sweden. Kanon was launched with a massive mid-summer pool party in the Hamptons with alot of people in the know attending. The Kanon website has also featured blog articles and features by people including Yvan Rodic/Facehunter, Connie Wang/Refinery 29, Jessica Hart and many more to get the buzz rolling. It’d be great if Kanon was here for the Gold Coast summer which is getting ever closer. ayyyeewwwww!
There will be no need to wait for a full moon to go for a night surf anymore. The Night Stalker is the brain child of Bill Stewart from Stewart’s Surfboards. The new concept is specifically designed for night surfing and features LED lighting in the crafts tail fins and spotlights on the nose.
The Night Stalker is having it’s worldwide debut tonight at the San Clemente Pier in California. Then the board will be promoted at various trade shows and then auctioned off with the 2010 SIMA Humanitarian Fund. Since the invention of the thruster, nothing has really taken the surf market by storm, some have gained momentum like the fish and the stand up paddle board, but with proper marketing and branding strategy, this product could take off as a solution for surfers who are time poor or trying to dodge the daily crowds.
I came across a blog post that I felt would be great to share. Unfortunately there was no tweet this or share button so I couldnt just forward it on so I hope he doesnt mind me quoting him here.
It from Simon Reynolds and his fantastic SIICOACH blog which I would highly recommend.
The Power Of Slow
By Siimon - 26. May 2010 11:20
Every day we are hit with articles about people who have built huge businesses almost instantly.
Facebook. Red Bull. Amazon. Google. The entrepreneur is the new rock star.
The examples seem so plentiful they give the impression that these rags to riches scenarios are the norm.
The stats, however, show they are anything but.
Almost every great business started slowly.
Walmart had only 2 stores for its first 7 years. Now it's the third biggest company in the world.
Marriott has thousands of hotels worldwide. But it started with just one root beer stand.
Merck is valued at over $50 billion. But it struggled initially with just a single small pharmacy.
Starbucks has over 16,000 stores, but for the first 13 years it only had 5.
Nike took years before it exceeded $1m in revenue.
So please remember this as you try to build something great.
If you're doing it slow and tough, you just may be doing it right.
Keep persisting. Keep refining. Keep visioning. But most of all keep moving forward.
For almost everyone, the road to greatness is long.
Despite what the media may say.
The coordinated red and white colours featured in this image simply scream at you. It's undeniable that colours play a large role in shaping the brands around us. Colours are well known as signifiers for many of the worlds most reputable brands, for example;
What brands come to mind when I say 'red'?....
Not only can colour signify or spark brand associations, but they can also be representative of industries, for example;
What industries come to mind when I say?...
BLUE - Finance
GREEN - New Technology & Environment
PINK - Children's & Cosmetics
BROWN - Food & Beverage
The simple use of colour can make or break a brand and it can significantly impact upon the consumer and their perception of your brand offering. At Tusk we look at branding on all levels and colour use plays a large role in our branding process. To find out more about how we can improve, review or execute strong branding for your business, contact Sam Martin to arrange a meeting today.
If you would like to check out some more interesting photography, head to JAK & JIL!
Browsing through the cleans lines and simple layout of The Future Laboratory’s website, it would be easy to fool them for a small company of some sort. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Future Laboratory is a large scale, global, multi-faceted organization who specialize in trend forecasting, consumer insight and brand strategy. The companies primary focus is in creating successful future outcomes for businesses using tools such as: quant analyses, PR reports, insight reports, consumer typologies, brand strategy, insight programs and presentations. The future Laboratory's clients include Vogue, American Express, Woolworths, Nokia, Gap, Olay, kodak and many more. Their biannual magazine ‘Viewpoint’ is also definitely worth having a look at.
Amatoya is a concept vehicle design which was created to revolutionise the way in which fire-fighting is conducted. Amatoya is the brain child of Liam Ferguson, who has witnessed the devastation of bush fires firsthand in Victoria. He recognised the need for a more agile and flexible reconnaissance and suppression vehicle for fire fighting purposes. Presently, four wheel drives such as Toyota Landcruisers are bring utilised, which can only carry a limited amount of water and will not withstand a burnover. Fergusons vehicle concept has addressed these issues by employing the most innovative of materials and construction styles including a 1800 litre water supply, 400 litre auxiliary tank for in cabin cooling, lear aerogel insulation in the windows and bodywork, military-grade fire-resistant paint and army-issue run-flat tyres to ensure maximum efficiency and vehicle survivability. Amatoya is perfectly suited for fire disasters, the concept is a blend of design, functional, practical, and construction excellence.
I was looking through Yvan Rodic's personal blog of Facehunter fame when I came across these examples of street art which are really cool. Artistic street art of this kind adds a positive culture to cities and if compnies were given the opportunity to advertise their products and services in this creative manner, it would more then likely lead to increased sales and brand equity.
I love this pen concept...so cool! It lets you scan any color from the real world and automatically detect the color. Using RGB ink cartridges in the pen, you can immediately draw with the selected color.
My best mate got a job in Perth flying Government lackeys around. He took this shot on the way to Broome from Karratha about 50nm out to see. It's cool how the slow shutter speed has caught so many propellers although it's not cool how crap the iPhone picture quality is. Boo!
The homepage of bing.com features a new background image everyday - you can use the arrow buttons in the lower right corner to view images of the last 7 days or check this archive that includes every single image that has been showcased on Bing since its launch on June 1.
Now there is an opportunity to get one of your images featured on the official Bing homepage for a 24 hour period. How? Upload a photograph to this Facebook page - make sure you check out the guidelines first. The winning photo will be selected on August 3rd by a combination of user ratings on Facebook and evaluation by the Bing homepage editorial team. So upload now and you never know....GOOD LUCK!
The English edition of Wikipedia Encyclopedia contains around 3 million articles as of now and if someone were to print the entire Wikipedia encyclopedia into a book, the size of that book would roughly be equivalent to 952 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Not sure if anyone is willing to go that far but a student in the UK has actually converted 0.01% of the Wikipedia encyclopedia into a printed book.This Wikipedia book has some 5,000 pages and it’s a compilation of 400+ featured articles all picked from Wikipedia. The book is huge - about 1ft 7in. The guy who came up with this idea (Rob Matthews) apparently plans to sell this book!
Did anyone ever think that Microsoft wouldnt come out and blow all the others out of the water. Steven Spielberg is quoted on the Xbox site as saying "This is a pivotal moment that will carry with it a wave of change, the ripples of which will reach far beyond video games". Take a look at the video below and Im sure you will be as impressed as I was. I cant wait to try it!
A friend of mine directed me to this blog years ago, and it's still one I regularly visit. In Joy's own words its about "inspiration, design, style and other cool things". Definitely worth taking a look at. www.ohjoy.blogs.com
Some people send text with their iPhones, and some play games. The artist Jorge Colombo created this week’s cover for The New Yorker with his.
Mr. Colombo drew the June 1 cover scene, of a late-night gathering around a 42nd Street hot dog stand, entirely with the iPhone application Brushes. Because of the smears and washes of color required by the inexact medium, it comes off as dreamy, not sharp and technological.
I also came across a flickr gallery of images created using the Brushes application. Some of the paintings are incredible...I have downloaded the application so if I can work it out Ill post some of Tusk's creations using it!
The Museum of Modern Art has introduced a range of pantone espresso cups. Perhaps targeted directly toward design enthusiasts, the mugs feature colours from the pantone colour chart. Mugs can be purchased for around $60, if your into that kind of thing, follow the link to purchase.